The Most Wonderful Time of the Year... Supposedly

I think the only ones who actually believe this is the most wonderful time of year are under the age of 10. Seriously. Call me cynical, but aren't you stressed? I feel it coming on right after Halloween. We're slammed with holiday commercials nonstop. I'd say you could avoid it on streaming, but Hulu No Ads + Live is a bastard in that you can't avoid commercials completely from their live DVR recordings unless you spend an extra $15/month--aka $180/year--for "enhanced DVR" that allows you to FF through commercial breaks. No, Hulu. You can't take all of my money just because I'm impatient. But I digress. Beginning November 1st, I start to stress about what to get for people. We don't buy for many people--for each other and for our parents, which means six because my parents are divorced and remarried--but it's still tough thinking of which gifts to buy. I'm strongly against knick knacks and gifts just for the hell of it. They need to be useful. For example, when my dad lived in Montana, I bought him a pair of socks rated for below 20 degrees to help keep his feet warm while he worked on his ranch. Odd, I know, but useful. Usually I can come up with ideas fairly quickly, but this year I struggled. I don't know why. I finally figured it out, and I hope everyone likes his/her gifts. I finished up shopping a couple of weeks ago. We'll see how it goes at Christmas! My husband and I aren't into physical gifts for any holiday/birthday/anniversary. Instead, we prefer experience gifts. This year for his birthday, I bought him a 6 lap ride-along at the Charlotte race track. For our anniversary, we participated in the Great Inflatable Race. For Christmas, we bought ourselves tickets to see Jerry Seinfeld in March. I can't even begin to tell you how much I'm looking forward to that! It's going to be incredible. Next week, we leave for North Carolina to visit my mom and stepdad. I'm really looking forward to it. I haven't been home for Christmas since 2014. We spent Christmas in Hawaii 2015-2017 because it was too expensive to leave the rock, and visited the in-laws last year. It'll be so great seeing Mom's decorations and visiting family, especially her. My mom and I are extremely close and I wish I could see her more often. I hope your Christmas--or whichever holiday you celebrate this time of year--is amazing. I hope you take a breath and remember to not stress too much, if at all. Simply enjoy the moment.

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